Plants and Birds! A Preview of the Arboretum Foundation Display Garden at the NW Flower and Garden Show

February 8th, 2012 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum for February 1-14, 2012

A Preview of the Arboretum Foundation Display Garden at the NW Flower and Garden Show (Feb. 8 - 12, 2012)

1) Arbutus menziesii    (Pacific Madrone)

  • Found throughout the west coast of North America.
  • The bark is a rich orange that peels away on mature wood. Mature trees provide nesting cavities for birds.
  • Many birds feed on the berries including American Robins, Cedar Waxwings and Varied Thrush.

2) Corylus maxima   ‘Atropurpurea Superba’

  • The purple leaf filbert is known for its beautiful burgundy foliage and festive catkins.
  • Related trees include alder, birch and hornbeams.
  • The nuts are often referred to as cobnuts, indicating something round and plump.
  • Birds and wildlife are very attracted to the nuts and catkins of the hazelnut bush.

3) Berberis aquifolia    (Oregon Grape)

  • A beautiful, tall, native evergreen related to barberry, frequently used as an ornamental shrub.
  • They have tough evergreen leaves, edible dark blue fruit and attractive yellow flowers.
  • Birds are attracted to the food and cover that the Oregon Grape provides.

4) Picea abies    (Norway Spruce)

  • The Norway spruce is one of the most widely planted spruces both inside and outside of its native range in Europe.
  • The cones of the Norway Spruce are the longest of any spruce.
  • Birds love the habitat the dense foliage spruce provides for nesting and cover.

5) Vaccinium ovatum    (Evergreen Huckleberry)

  • A remarkable native evergreen shrub that grows in sun or shade.
  • It produces beautiful light, pink bell-shaped flowers followed by edible blue berries.
  • The berries, produced in late summer, are eaten by a wide variety of birds.
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